Finisar Corporation (FNSR): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

Finisar Corporation ( FNSR) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Finisar Corporation rose 31 cents (2.2%) to $14.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Finisar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.95-$14.53 after having opened the day at $13.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.08. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), up 4.5%, iGo ( IGOI), up 4.3%, STEC ( STEC), up 3.8%, and Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), up 3.1%.

Finisar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets optical subsystems, components, and network performance test systems for high-speed data communications in the United States, Malaysia, and the People's Republic of China, and internationally. Finisar Corporation has a market cap of $1.31 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.3, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 34.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Finisar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Finisar Corporation as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 4.8%, Digital Generation ( DGIT), down 4.5%, Socket Mobile ( SCKT), down 4.3%, and Lantronix ( LTRX), down 4.1%, were all losers within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) being today's computer hardware industry loser.

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